Braiding – Morning Watch

*For this morning watch each participant will need to receive 3 different coloured pieces on yarn, long enough to braid into a bracelet or necklace.

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
– Albert Camus

Salutation to the Dawn:

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth;
The glory of action;
The splendour of beauty;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day!

Such is the Salutation to the Dawn.

How closely have you looked at a piece of yarn?  If you look closely enough you’ll see that a single piece of yarn is made up of many strands woven together to make it strong.  On it’s own any one of those strands is easily broken, but together the yarn becomes much tougher. 

Now look at the three pieces of yarn that you were given.  Choose one of them.  This piece of yarn represents you.  All of the tiny strands that make up the strong yarn are the pieces that make up you.  Your love for music.  Your strength.  Your determination.  The sports you play.  Take a moment to think of what else makes up you?  What other tiny strands are woven together in order to create the strong young woman that you are?  This single piece of yarn is pretty strong.  Just like you, it takes a lot to break. 

Now choose your second piece of yarn.  This piece represents your support system.  Each tiny strand is someone in your life who you depend on.  Your mom.  Your dad.  Your friends.  The other people in your CGIT group.  Who else supports you?  When woven together your support system forms a strong bond that is waiting to catch you if you fall and to help you to stand back up.

Now finally look at the last piece of yarn.  This one is the hardest to define.  This piece represents your faith.  God’s love and support.  Your beliefs and your spirituality.  Take a minute to think about what this strand of yarn means to you.  What are some of the tiny strands that make up your faith? 

Each of these 3 pieces of yarn on their own are pretty tough.  It takes a lot to break them.  They’re strong, but they’re not indestructible.  Sort of like how each of us, on our own, are pretty strong.  That being said, under the right conditions and with the right amount of pressure, we can be broken.  When we’re on our own, when we’re a single piece of yarn, we’re not as strong as we could be.

But what happens to the yarn when you braid the three strands together?  When you weave those strands around each other you create something that is much stronger than any one piece of yarn is on it’s own.  As people we’re a bit like that yarn.  While we are strong on our own, we are even stronger when we weave our faith and our support system into what makes us us.   

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” 

– Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)

“I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”  

– Philippians 4:13

Let us pray,

God, help me to weave my pieces of yarn together.  I sometimes forget that I am not alone in this journey called life.  Help me to remember that when things get tough and it looks like I might break on my own, that You are always there for me and that you have provided me with an amazing support system of people around me.  Thank you for walking beside me, ready to catch me when I fall.    I ask that you help others to discover their support systems and encourage them on their way.  Thank you for being my rock and my support.    Amen.

*You are encouraged to braid your pieces of yarn together and to put them somewhere where you will be able to see them throughout the day (wrist, ankle, clothes).  Every time you see those different coloured pieces of yarn remember what they represent and that you are never alone in your quest.

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